When Imperial Valley College athletic director Jim Mecate learned Wednesday that the school's men's basketball team would no longer be on probation, he was ecstatic.
The Arabs had been put on three years probation by the Pacific Coast Conference because of a violation of the league's Rule 12, which deals with subsidizing athletes.
Under the stipulations of the probation, IVC had not been allowed to compete for the PCC conference championship or go to the playoffs for the past two seasons. The third year of probation was designed mostly as a follow-up to the first two. Had they not been taken off probation the Arabs would have still had to make quarterly reports to the PCC but would have been eligible for postseason play.
Mecate thinks the chance to compete for the PCC crown will be the most important thing for the IVC basketball team.